Report: One-Fifth of Delawareans May Have Had Facebook Data Expo - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Report: One-Fifth of Delawareans May Have Had Facebook Data Exposed

Posted: May 04, 2018 10:36 AM Updated:
(Photo: MGN Online) (Photo: MGN Online)

DOVER, Del.- According to data released from Facebook to the Delaware Department of Justice, more than 200,000 people in Delaware may have had their personal data exposed as part of the recently disclosed Facebook data breach.

The estimate of the possible extent of the data breach in Delaware came from responses by Facebook to questions posed by Attorney General Matt Denn’s office and other state attorneys general who are conducting investigations of the breach of personal privacy involving Facebook information. Global Science Research may have improperly shared Facebook information of up to 87 million users worldwide with Cambridge Analytica and other third parties, according to the company’s public disclosures.

In Delaware, Facebook estimated 902 users installed the app through which Global Science Research gained access to personal information of those users and of those users friends. Facebook estimated that up to 200,651 users in Delaware were friends with people on Facebook who had installed the app.

Facebook’s estimates provided to the attorneys general showed that approximately 196,000 Facebook users in the United States downloaded the app, but more than 46 million Facebook users in America were friends with someone who had downloaded the app, thus were potentially exposed.

“This information about Delaware shows why protecting data on social networks is so important. Because of the many connections between people, a relatively small number of people using this app in Delaware, across the country and around the world opened the door to possible access to personal Facebook data of one-fifth of the state’s population,” Attorney General Denn said. “The other attorneys general and I will continue to seek information from Facebook about the breach and about Facebook’s practices in the past and in the future with regards to securing personal data, and will make decisions about the next steps in our investigations. But this episode has already been a wake-up call for many to take a look at what social media has and shares about you.”

While some people have chosen to delete their Facebook account, there are other steps that can be taken to reduce information shared about you through third-party apps. Experts say users should minimize the number of apps that they have installed – users can go to Settings and click on “Apps and Settings” to see the apps they have installed and click to delete any of them. Outside of Facebook, it is also recommended that people not use the option for many websites or apps offer to log in with their Facebook account, because that login allows data sharing between Facebook and the website or app.

Facebook users can access or download all the information Facebook has stored about them (files are generally very large) by following instructions athttps://www.facebook.com/help/1701730696756992.

  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • Maryland Waterway Improvement Fund Awards $12.5 Million to 18 Counties

    Maryland Waterway Improvement Fund Awards $12.5 Million to 18 Counties

    May 23, 2018 10:54 AM2018-05-23 14:54:00 GMT
    Wednesday, May 23 2018 10:57 AM EDT2018-05-23 14:57:04 GMT
    (Photo: Maryland Department of Natural Resources)(Photo: Maryland Department of Natural Resources)
    (Photo: Maryland Department of Natural Resources)(Photo: Maryland Department of Natural Resources)
    The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is providing $12.5 million in Waterway Improvement Fund grants to enhance and improve public boating access, facilities and navigation throughout the state.More
    The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced Wedneday that it is providing $12.5 million in Waterway Improvement Fund grants to enhance and improve public boating access, facilities and navigation throughout the state.


    More
  • Dover Man Arrested on Firearms Charges Following Fight

    Dover Man Arrested on Firearms Charges Following Fight

    May 23, 2018 10:41 AM2018-05-23 14:41:00 GMT
    Wednesday, May 23 2018 10:43 AM EDT2018-05-23 14:43:00 GMT
    Eric LloydEric Lloyd
    Eric LloydEric Lloyd
    Dover police say a man is facing firearms and related charges after he fired a gun while officers were investigating a complaint about people fighting in the area of Vera Way and College Road.More
    Dover police say a man is facing firearms and related charges after he fired a gun while officers were investigating a complaint about people fighting in the area of Vera Way and College Road.More
  • 3 More Teens Charged in Death of Maryland Police Officer

    3 More Teens Charged in Death of Maryland Police Officer

    May 23, 2018 10:10 AM2018-05-23 14:10:00 GMT
    Wednesday, May 23 2018 10:10 AM EDT2018-05-23 14:10:55 GMT
    A makeshift memorial of bouquets is left Tuesday near the area where Baltimore County officer Amy Caprio was killed Monday while investigating a call about a suspicious vehicle. (David McFadden/AP)A makeshift memorial of bouquets is left Tuesday near the area where Baltimore County officer Amy Caprio was killed Monday while investigating a call about a suspicious vehicle. (David McFadden/AP)
    A makeshift memorial of bouquets is left Tuesday near the area where Baltimore County officer Amy Caprio was killed Monday while investigating a call about a suspicious vehicle. (David McFadden/AP)A makeshift memorial of bouquets is left Tuesday near the area where Baltimore County officer Amy Caprio was killed Monday while investigating a call about a suspicious vehicle. (David McFadden/AP)
    Three more teens have been charged as adults with first-degree murder in the death of a Maryland police officer, authorities said Wednesday.More
    Three more teens have been charged as adults with first-degree murder in the death of a Maryland police officer, authorities said Wednesday.           More
  • Delaware News</span><div style="float:right"><a href="/global/Category.asp?C=185255">More &gt;&gt;</a></div><span>Delaware NewsMore>>

  • Dover Man Arrested on Firearms Charges Following Fight

    Dover Man Arrested on Firearms Charges Following Fight

    May 23, 2018 10:41 AM2018-05-23 14:41:00 GMT
    Wednesday, May 23 2018 10:43 AM EDT2018-05-23 14:43:00 GMT
    Eric LloydEric Lloyd
    Eric LloydEric Lloyd
    Dover police say a man is facing firearms and related charges after he fired a gun while officers were investigating a complaint about people fighting in the area of Vera Way and College Road.More
    Dover police say a man is facing firearms and related charges after he fired a gun while officers were investigating a complaint about people fighting in the area of Vera Way and College Road.More
  • Dover Police: Pair Arrested With 113 Bags of Heroin

    Dover Police: Pair Arrested With 113 Bags of Heroin

    May 23, 2018 10:04 AM2018-05-23 14:04:00 GMT
    Wednesday, May 23 2018 10:04 AM EDT2018-05-23 14:04:13 GMT
    Major Foster and Javon YoungMajor Foster and Javon Young
    Major Foster and Javon YoungMajor Foster and Javon Young
    A traffic stop in Dover, Delaware led to the arrests of two men and the seizure of 113 bags of heroin.More
    A traffic stop in Dover, Delaware led to the arrests of two men and the seizure of 113 bags of heroin.More
  • Trayvon Martin's Parents Say Weinstein's Company Owes Them $150,000

    Trayvon's Parents Say Weinstein's Company Owes Them $150,000

    May 23, 2018 7:28 AM2018-05-23 11:28:00 GMT
    Wednesday, May 23 2018 7:58 AM EDT2018-05-23 11:58:51 GMT
    Trayvon Martin's parents Tracy Martin, left, and Sybrina Fulton attend the Tribeca TV screening of "Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story" at BMCC Tribeca PAC, during the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival on Friday, April 20, 2018, in New York. (Photo: AP)Trayvon Martin's parents Tracy Martin, left, and Sybrina Fulton attend the Tribeca TV screening of "Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story" at BMCC Tribeca PAC, during the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival on Friday, April 20, 2018, in New York. (Photo: AP)
    Trayvon Martin's parents Tracy Martin, left, and Sybrina Fulton attend the Tribeca TV screening of "Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story" at BMCC Tribeca PAC, during the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival on Friday, April 20, 2018, in New York. (Photo: AP)Trayvon Martin's parents Tracy Martin, left, and Sybrina Fulton attend the Tribeca TV screening of "Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story" at BMCC Tribeca PAC, during the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival on Friday, April 20, 2018, in New York. (Photo: AP)
    Slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin's parents filed court papers in federal bankruptcy court in Delaware claiming The Weinstein Co. owes them at least $150,000 for optioning the rights to their book in order to make a yet unaired TV series about their son.More
    Slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin's parents filed court papers in federal bankruptcy court in Delaware claiming The Weinstein Co. owes them at least $150,000 for optioning the rights to their book in order to make a yet unaired TV series about their son.More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices